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Luis Suarez's superb free-kick helped Liverpool bounce back from consecutive away defeats with a 2-0 Barclays Premier League triumph over Hull City at Anfield.
The Merseyside outfit had slipped to fifth in the table with losses at title rivals Manchester City and Chelsea, but returned to winning ways by avenging their 3-1 loss to Steve Bruce's men in the reverse fixture last month.
Liverpool created the better openings of the first half and moved ahead on 36 minutes when Philippe Coutinho's corner was met by the head of stand-in captain Daniel Agger.
Suarez doubled the lead on 50 minutes to notch his 20th Barclays Premier League goal of the season with an unstoppable bending free-kick, joining Fernando Torres as only the second Liverpool player to score in eight consecutive Premier League home matches.
Brendan Rodgers' side pushed for a third as the game neared its conclusion but the scoreline remained at 2-0 as the hosts climbed to fourth, while Hull City stay 10th.
Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard returned to the bench after a four match lay-off with a hamstring problem, while Iago Aspas and Aly Cissokho replaced injured duo Joe Allen and Mamadou Sakho. Hull brought in Alex Bruce and David Meyler for Liam Rosenior and George Boyd.
The two sides exchanged speculative efforts in the early stages with Yannick Sagbo's half-volley and Suarez's inventive chip.
Suarez thought he had put the hosts ahead on 19 minutes when he headed home Coutinho's free-kick but the Uruguayan was ruled to be offisde.
Raheem Sterling then had a great chance to break the deadlock for the hosts when he broke clear of the Hull defence on the left only to shoot at Allan McGregor.
Liverpool's pressure told with nine minutes remaining in the half, though, as Agger leapt highest to head home Coutinho's corner.
Jordan Henderson then side-footed wide for the hosts from the edge of the box following a superb passage of play, before Coutinho placed an effort wide of the near post after collecting Henderson's intelligent pass.
Shortly after the break the home side did add a second. Suarez was fouled by James Chester and picked himself up to curl home a sublime free-kick from 25 yards, becoming the first Liverpool player to reach the 20-goal landmark in consecutive League campaigns since Robbie Fowler in 1994-95 and 1995-96 in the process.
Gerrard entered play shortly after the hour mark to a standing ovation and dragged an effort wide with 15 minutes remaining, while Coutinho twice went close from distance.
In the closing stages Suarez had another goal disallowed when side-footed home from Kolo Toure's centre but the ball had gone out of play before the defender crossed.
Coutinho then almost had the final say in injury time as he forced McGregor into a stop from close range after a brilliant solo run, but Liverpool were made to settle for a two-goal winning margin.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "I think it was our best win of the season. A lot of the games we've been vibrant, with great energy and scored goals but on the back of the games we've had over this period and to play with a lot of the same players against a team who won their last game 6-0, we knew we were going to have to tough it out today and dig in.
"We might not have been at our best but we scored two great goals and created other opportunities and I'm pleased because it was a great victory for us. It was very much a team effort today. It was a great header from Daniel Agger and that set us off.
"We worked tirelessly today to stop them getting anything. There was no shots on target but the most important thing was the victory and the goals and we got that.
"Today was very much about the team, but Luis [Suarez] will always get the plaudits because he's a world-class player. Nine out of 10 players wouldn't have played today. He had a really bad knock on the top of his foot from the Chelsea game and I know having managed players that most wouldn't have played with what he had today.
"He had a big strapping on it and put himself out there for the team yet again and that's why he gets the goals he does because he's so determined."
Hull manager Steve Bruce: "It's a disappointing result. It was a difficult afternoon for us. It isn't the easiest of places to come and towards the end we had a lot of tired bodies out there. We stuck at it and conceded from two set-pieces.
"Our season is never defined in places like this. It was very comfortable for Liverpool because we didn't have the energy. They were better than us on the day."
"It's always difficult [signing players] in January. If anyone can help us we'll try our best. It won't be more than one or two because I don't think the players are out there. We've made a decent start to life in the Premier League. If there's something there we can add on we'll try."
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